Bring water and butter to a boil. While stirring with a whisk, add the polenta slowly. Stir until polenta starts to get thick, turn to low and stir often for 50 minutes.
When polenta is done, add cheese and salt and keep warm in a double boiler.
Fruit Compote Directions:
In a large stainless steel pot, add apple juice, brown sugar, vanilla bean and seeds, and spices. Simmer for five minutes, then add the apples, pears, tea bag, and currents. Simmer for eight minutes or until the fruit is tender.
Strain, reduce the liquid until syrup consistency, add to fruit. Add the maple syrup and grapefruit and orange segments.
Stir polenta often, or it will burn and develop a skin on the bottom. It may take more salt than you think. If the apples and pears are ripe, do not cook as long.